Many former players and pundits have chimed in on Man Utd’s controversial equalizer involving Marcus Rashford in the Manchester Derby on January 14.
In a tense derby in the Premier League at Old Trafford, Manchester City took the lead in the 60th minute via Jack Grealish. Bruno Fernandes then equalized for Man Utd in the 78th minute but the goal wasn’t without controversy.
Casemiro played a through ball towards Rashford, who was offside. While he didn’t touch the ball, he ran with it right up until the moment Fernandes hit it first time past goalkeeper Ederson.
The assistant referee first raised the flag, but after consulting the referee, the goal was given.
Many former players and pundits believe that the Man Utd forward interfered with the game while being offside and that the goal should’ve been chalked off. They took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the same and here are some of their reactions:
To rub salt into Manchester City’s wounds, the England international went on to score the winning goal and secure all three points in the crucial derby.
The forward has been in terrific form this season, scoring 16 goals and providing six assists in 26 games across competitions for Man Utd. He has scored in every game since club football resumed after the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on Marcus Rashford being offside for Man Utd’s equalizer in the derby
After the game, Pep Guardiola stressed that the 25-year-old was offside and interfered with play. He claimed that Manuel Akanji could have cleared the ball had the forward not been on the ball.
Guardiola said (via Sky Sports):
“Manu Akanji stops the line [of running]. If he knows that he is going to go with Rashford, he will go back with him and do the duel one versus one and he sees what happens. But he [Rashford] intervenes in the action.”
“But the referee decided he did not intervene in this stadium. It’s ok, what are we going to do? Are we going to make a complaint? No. Congratulations for that. Sometimes it happens in our [favour]. Sometimes [it’s like] that.”
Guardiola also hinted that Man Utd got the decision in their favor as the game was at Old Trafford. He said:
“The decision is they didn’t believe he [impacted the play]. Rashford was intervening in this action when this happened. It’s Old Trafford. We have to play much better. Like it’s Anfield. We have to do better. The rule is the rule, the interpretation belongs to the referee. I say Rashford is offside, Bruno is not. The situation is for the referees.”
Manchester Utd are now just a point behind Manchester City in third in the Premier League table.
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